Folk Singer Infuses Music with Great Lakes History

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Folk Singer Infuses Music with Great Lakes History


A quick chat with a Lisle newsmaker

Consummate folk entertainer Lee Murdock performs traditional and historical songs as well as his own crafted ballads. His musicianship and enthusiasm for folk music make for a memorable concert.

Murdock performs Nov. 26 at Lisle Library as part of the Friends of the Lisle Library enrichment series.

Q. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?

A. My work is folk music. The songs tell stories and touch the heart. I look for the human factor in each song. It is a step away from the hubbub of modern life and window into what people of yesterday felt.

Q. How long have you been singing?

A. I started when I was 4 years old and professionally for more than 30 years, having started in college.

Q. Do you write some of your songs?

A. Yes. I do a lot of research to look for the story behind each song. I find it fascinating and I think most people like listening to stories in song. People are rediscovering the joy of the spoken word. I set the stage for many of the songs by telling about the song.

Q. What song do audiences seem to ask for most?

A. One will be the Christmas song that I wrote in 1988 about the famous Christmas Ship that came to Chicago around the turn of the century and brought and sold trees to patrons in the city. When the ship was lost in 1912, the captain's wife continued his work for 24 years and then her daughters took over for a couple years. It is a story that touched the city for a number of years.

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